Meyers on Trump cabinet
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Late Night with Seth Meyers - Season 5

For all of Donald Trump’s populist rhetoric throughout the campaign, most of his cabinet appointments thus far have been ultra-rich donors and corporative executives. The latest pick, for example, was Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. Tillerson has oil interests worldwide, as well as potential conflicts of interest like a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I guess when they drained that swamp, there was oil at the bottom!” Seth Meyers said on Tuesday night.

As Meyers noted during his Closer Look segment, many of Trump’s cabinet picks so far have gone against what Trump preached during his campaign. Although some have tried to draw comparisons, Trump was never much like Bernie Sanders; he never promised to break up the big banks or pursue free college or any of Sanders’ other populist proposals. But Trump did insist throughout the campaign that he was self-funding and was thus free of the donor influences that so plagued opponents like Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush. His acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was aimed directly at voters who felt forgotten: “I am your voice.”

And yet, Trump’s pick for labor secretary is Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder, who would rather replace human workers with machines than increase the minimum wage. His treasury pick, Steven Mnuchin, is a longtime Goldman Sachs banker who once foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman for a 27-cent debt.

“It’s not just that Trump’s cabinet picks are rich that makes them problematic. This is a capitalist nation and there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with getting rich,” Meyers said. “It’s just that for many of his choices, their records don’t necessarily suggest that they’ll be a champion of working people.”

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